July 2023 News

Start or end the day at Sturgis Library's gardens! Make sure to stop by Sturgis Library at 3090 Main Street on July 8th and 10th and visit our gardens. We have a rain garden, native planting gardens, and edible gardens, including our new “Culinary Corner.” In addition, we have a raised bed children’s garden featuring a selection of vegetables on the east side of the Library. There is no charge to visit the Library gardens. Make sure to stop inside and shop our Every Day Book Sale, open from 10-4 on Saturday the 8th and 10-5 on Monday the 10th.

Gardens on the Tour

45 Collie Lane, Cummaquid

Ann Skopek, M.D. and Richard Peterson

Perched atop the gently sloping back yard, overlooking two giant willows and a kettle pond which serves as home to herons, geese and other waterfowl, these extensive gardens provide a colorful and peaceful setting. A fringe tree, speedwell, lilies, Queen of the Prairie and flamingo fan are just some of the plants preserved from the gardens of Marilyn Kelley, one of the original owners of the property. The garden shed boasts a massive display of climbing lace-cap hydrangeas while the upper shade garden features glass accents. The wooden boat building and repair shop in the barn will be open for anyone interested in viewing this craft first-hand. –Park in the field to the left along Collie Lane or along the side of the driveway – follow parking attendant’s directions. Overflow parking will be along Mary Dunn Road -- be careful parking and walking along this busy road!

3517 Main Street, Barnstable Village

Deb and Ed Mareb

On the corner of King’s Highway and Cindy Lane sits the Captain James Otis House (1846),

which is on the National Register of historic places. The building is encircled by a wide range of

hydrangeas, but also notable are French and Korean lilacs, Roses-of-Sharon, peonies, white

roses and lilies. A Smoke Tree and big white Ash join a lovely Catalpa shading the brick

courtyard, while two unique trees were recently added to the front lawn: a Variegated

Dogwood and Red Bud Flamethrower. An herb garden plus an assortment of annuals and

perennial can be seen, but the focus is on the many species of hydrangea, including Blue and

White Mop Head, Lace Cap, Climbing Hydrangea and White Annabelle. – Park along the side of Cindy Lane where indicated.

1747 Hyannis Road /Phinney's Lane, Barnstable Village

Bob and Alex Frazee

Built c1844 by Allen Hinckley, this house, known to locals as Dr. Beam's, perches on hilly terrain which provides interesting opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of plant materials. With gardens begun by Dorinda Beam and subsequent owners, the home now offers a pleasant mix of trees and shrubs, perennials and annuals and fruit trees, as well as raised beds for vegetables and herbs. On the street is an elevated walled garden with creeping phlox that transitions to other perennials as the seasons progress, while farther south, against a cedar fence, a bank of blue hydrangeas should be in full bloom by early July. Moving deeper into the property, you'll find beds of hosta, day lilies, azaleas, rhododendrons, iris, other hydrangea varieties and roses, alongside hollies towards the back of the yard. One large bed is in transition from once-dense covering of English Ivy to New England Native Pollinator Plants. -–Park in the field across the street from the house. Wait for the parking attendant for assistance crossing this busy street.

127 Mistic Drive, Marstons Mills

Nansea Taylor

As you enter Mistic Drive, you cannot miss this splendid garden. With a brand-new greenhouse--a long-awaited desire--where seedlings can now be started in early spring, these grounds stand out for their array of shapes and magnificent colors. In place for over 30 years, the gardens were created and have been maintained to this day by the owner, who has arranged a vibrant display of flowers against a deep shade background. There are clouds of iris amid myriad giant hibiscus of all hues, alongside five hydrangea and many ornamental grasses, all having been set in patterned plantings. These are interspersed with a rainbow of perennials, including hosta, gladioli, hollyhocks, foxgloves, gaura, Russian sage, and liatris. Stroll around and enjoy! --Park where indicated along the street.

New in the Archives

Adult and Young Adult Read Around the World Summer Reading Challenge

June 15—August 31

This summer, explore new places and see the world through the eyes of people from other cultures by reading four books set in different continents.

Visit the library to pick up a reading log that contains a suggested reading list and instructions on how to enter our summer reading raffle. The prize includes a $25 gift certificate to Nirvana Coffee Company!

Add pins to our cork globe to document your reading travels!

For more information email Gabrielle at [email protected]

Nation to Nation: Trade Commerce and Diplomacy Among Tribal Nations of New England

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 6:00pm

Join native artist Hartman Deetz of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for a presentation on the historical and cultural significance of wampum. This discussion will explore the legal traditions of wampum belts as well as wampum as a means of economic exchange among the tribal nations of New England.

Registration requested

Email Gabrielle at [email protected]

Plant Pigment Workshop

Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 5:30pm

Learn the basics of natural dyeing and plant-based color in this hands-on class. Join gardener and artist Milisa Moses to dye silk ribbons with fresh flowers and leave with the knowledge to create your own color at home. 

Materials Fee: $25.00 cash or check to be paid at the library no later than Monday, July 3rd.

Registration is required. Please email Christy at [email protected]

The Hyannis Airport 1928-1948

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 6:00pm

Join Author Sharon D. Anderson, Ph.D. for a discussion about her book, The Hyannis Airport 1928-1948. This book is an authentic history of the Hyannis Airport written from the original airport and pilots logs. It chronicles the birth of the airport, the growth of aviation and tourism on Cape Cod, and the Cape’s role in the safety of the country before and during WWII.

The log is sprinkled with anecdotes of rum runners, speakeasies, and the names of many of the celebrities who flew in to Hyannis. It also names the original Hyannis Airport Corporation stockholders and board of directors, one of which was Amelia Earhart.

To register email [email protected] or call (508) 362-6636

The Beatles 1963: A Year in the Life

Tuesday August 1, 2023

At the start of 1963, The Beatles were a successful local Liverpool band with one hit single; twelve months, two albums, and the arrival of Beatlemania later, they were on the cusp of world domination.

Join author Dafydd Rees’s for a discussion of his book, The Beatles 1963 which features daily entries covering every pivotal event, draws on hundreds of new eyewitness accounts, and provides numerous unseen photographs. Meticulously researched, this is the definitive account of the momentous year that sent John, Paul, George, and Ringo to stratospheric heights.

To register email [email protected] or call (508)362-6636

Coming in August

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 at 6:00pm

The Notorious Edward Low: Pursuing the Last Great Villain of Piracy's Golden Age Author Talk with Len Travers

For more info email [email protected]

Tuesday, August 12, 2023 at 9:00am

Law and Crime in Barnstable Village Walking Tour with Gregory Williams

For more info email [email protected]

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at 5:30pm

Tiny Tin Studios Miniature Still Life Painting Workshop

For more info email [email protected]

Tea & Sketch

10:00am until 11:00am on:

  • July 1st
  • August 5th

Join us at Sturgis Library for this five-part series that combines tea and art. On the first Saturday of the month, artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to gather, sip tea, and sketch.

Different blends of tea represent different moods and evoke different feelings. The featured tea during the sketch session will be used as inspiration for the sketch prompt.

Basic materials will be provided by the library but participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies if they prefer.

Registration is not required. Space is ample but not limitless; first come first serve. Questions? email Christy at [email protected]

Barnstable Council on Aging:

Brain Train

July 18, 2023 from 10:00am-11:00am 

A little fun can go a long way in training our brains. Join Stacey Cullen of the Barnstable Council on Aging for this Brain Training class. The class will review memory while learning about fun games designed to help weed out the cobwebs. Participants will go over pointers to help them understand how the brain ages.

Questions? Contact Stacey Cullen at

[email protected]

or call 508-862-4765


Saturday at 9:30am-10:30am

June 24th

July 8th & July 22nd

August 12th & August 26th

September 9th & September 23rd

Join Yoga Neighborhood at Sturgis Library for Yoga at Sturgis Library

Yoga Neighborhood fosters health and wellness across the community through compassionate and empowering yoga that is available to all regardless of fitness level.

Registration is not required.

Suggested donation: $5.00

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

Writers' Group

Meets every Tuesday at 6:00pm

Adults and young adults of all skill levels are invited to Sturgis Library to share their writing!

Writers will gather, share their writing, and be sent home with a writing prompt to work on to share at the next gathering.

Registration is requested. Please email Christy at [email protected]

Cryptid Creatures Summer Reading Program

Tuesday June 20, 2023 through Friday August 18, 2023

All ages are encouraged to read and earn button pins all Summer long! Earn a Cryptid Creature* button pin for each genre you read! (*Cryptid Creatures are animals that cryptozoologists believe may exist somewhere in the wild, but are not recognized by science.)

When you complete a genre, come into the library, tell a librarian, and you will be granted the Cryptid Creature button pin that represents the completed genre! If there's a better way to decorate your backpack for the upcoming school year, we haven't heard of it!

Be sure to check out the Cryptid Creature-inspired programs happening throughout the Summer!

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

Cryptid Cookie Decorating

Friday, July 7, 2023 at 11:00am

As part of our Cryptid Creature Summer Reading Program, we invite kiddos to swing by Sturgis Library to decorate a cookie or two with sprinkles, “glitter,” and other magical toppings!

All ages welcome. No registration required.

Unicorn Jar Workshop

Friday, July 21, 2023 at 11:00am

Make your own magical unicorn glitter globe! All materials are provided.

Ages 5 and up.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Email Christy at [email protected]

Cryptid Comic Workshop

Friday, August 18. 2023 at 10:30am

Learn the basics of Comic book writing! Kiddos will be guided in character creation and storyline construction. Each participant will be given their own blank comic book to fill in with their comic creation.

Ages 7 and up.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Email Christy at

[email protected]

YMCA Free Lunch Program at Sturgis Library

Every Wednesday at 11:00am-12:30pm

June 21, 2023 through August 30, 2023

The Y's Summer Food Program will provide nutritious meals and snacks to kids 18 years old and younger throughout the Summer at Sturgis Library.

No registration or identification necessary.

Weekly Storytime

Wednesdays at 10:30am

Swing by to read a story, illustrate a picture, talk with friends, and learn about nature at Sturgis Library's Storytime!

Geared to ages 2-4 but all are welcome to attend.

Registration is not required.

Questions? Email Christy at [email protected]

The Sprightly Bright Book Club

Held in-person on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm

Are you between the ages of 8ish to 12ish years old? Do you love to read? If you answered yes to these questions, then The Sprightly Bright Book Club is the place for you.

Let's choose, read, and discuss books together.

The discussion will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 4:00pm.

Registration is required.

For more information and to register, please email Christy at [email protected]

Adult Fiction to Check Out This Month

Little Monsters

by Adrienne Brodeur

From the author of the bestselling memoir Wild Game comes a riveting novel about Cape Cod, complicated families, and long-buried secrets.

Set in the fraught summer of 2016, Little Monsters is an absorbing, sharply observed family story by a writer who knows Cape Cod inside and out—its Edenic lushness and its snakes.

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Crook Manifesto

by Colson Whitehead

The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of Harlem Shuffle continues his Harlem saga in a powerful and hugely-entertaining novel that summons 1970s New York in all its seedy glory.

Crook Manifesto is a darkly funny tale of a city under siege, but also a sneakily searching portrait of the meaning of family. Colson Whitehead's kaleidoscopic portrait of Harlem is sure to stand as one of the all-time great evocations of a place and a time.


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The Librarianist

by Patrick DeWitt

From the author of French Exit comes the story of Bob Comet, a man who has lived his life through and for literature, unaware that his own experience is a poignant and affecting narrative in itself. 

With his inimitable verve, skewed humor, and compassion for the outcast, Patrick deWitt has written a wide-ranging and ambitious document of the introvert's condition. The Librarianist celebrates the extraordinary in the so-called ordinary life, and depicts beautifully the turbulence that sometimes exists beneath a surface of serenity.

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Adult Nonfiction to Check Out This Month

70s House: a Bold Homage to the Most Daring Decade in Design by Estelle Bilson

For many people with an interest in 70s décor and design it can be overwhelming to know where to look, what to buy, what colors to use and how to style their home without it looking like a 'junk shop' or a pastiche. That's where 70s House comes in: with advice, tips and tricks to creating a thoroughly 70s space (or even just a few featured items) this vibrant book is crammed full of 70s interiors and bright, retro imagery. Clear and attractive photos illustrate how this can translate to readers' own interior projects.

Part living manual, part interiors guide, 70s House will bring not just the colors and kitsch to the modern day, but also the freedom, rebellious spirit, joy and pure fun epitomized by the era - because the 70s is so much more than just the decade that taste forgot.

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Gentleman Bandit: the True Story of Black Bart, the Old West's Most Infamous Stagecoach Robber by John Boessenecker

Black Bart is widely regarded today as not only the most notorious stage robber of the Old West but also the best behaved. Over his lifetime, Black Bart held up at least twenty-nine stagecoaches in California and Oregon with mild, polite commands, stealing from Wells Fargo and the US mail but never robbing a passenger. Such behavior earned him the title of a true 'gentleman bandit.' His real name was Charles E. Boles, and in the public eye, Charles lived quietly as a boulevardier in San Francisco, the wealthiest and most exciting city in the American West. Boles was an educated man who traveled among respectable crowds. Because he did not drink, fight or consort with prostitutes, his true calling as America's greatest stage robber was never suspected until his final capture in 1883. Sheriffs searched and struggled for years to find him, and newspaper editors had a field day reporting his exploits. Legends and rumors trailed his name until his mysterious death, and his ultimate fate remains one of the greatest mysteries of the Old West. Now historian John Boessenecker sheds new light on Black Bart's beginnings, reputation and exploits, bringing to life the glittering story of the mysterious stage robber who doubled as a rich, genteel socialite in the golden era of the Wild West

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The Other Family Doctor: a Veterinarian Explores What Animals Can Teach Us About Love, Life, and Mortality by Karen Fine, DVM

All Creatures Great and Small meets Being Mortal in this compelling memoir of one woman's dream to become a veterinarian in a field historically dominated by men, and how, through her work both with her patients and their people, she comes to better understand humanity, mortality, and the unique role animals play in our lives. Karen Fine always knew that she wanted to be a vet and wasn't going to let anything stop her: not her allergy to cats, and not the fact that in the '80s veterinary medicine was still a mostly male profession. Inspired by her grandfather, a compassionate doctor who paid house calls to all his (human) patients, Dr. Fine persevered, and brought her Oupa's principles into her own practice, which emphasizes the need to contextualize pets' care in terms of their stories. And in The Other Family Doctor, Dr. Fine shares all these touching, joyful, heartbreaking, and life-affirming tales that make up her career as a vet. There's the feral cat who becomes a creature out of a fable when he puts his trust in a young vet to heal his injured paw; the pot-bellied pig who grows too big to fit in the car but remains a cherished part of her family; the surprising colony of perfectly behaved ferrets; the beloved aging pet who gives her people the gift of accompanying them on one final family vacation; and the dog who saves his owner's life in a most unexpected way. Woven into Dr. Fine's story are, of course, also the stories of her own pets: the birds, cats, and dogs who have taught her the most valuable lessons-how we can be better caretakers of the animals in our lives and, ultimately, of ourselves

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Kids' Books to Check Out this Month

Penny Draws a Best Friend by Sara Shepard

Fifth grader Penny, who doodles to cope with anxiety, worries that her best friend is drifting away. She never wants to hang out anymore, says Art Club is for babies, and spends all her time with Riley, the meanest girl in school. Did Penny do something wrong? And if she did, can she undo it?

For everyone, especially for kiddos 8-12 years old.

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Big by Vashti Harrison

The first picture book written and illustrated by award-winning creator Vashti Harrison traces a child’s journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal. With spare text and exquisite illustrations, this emotional exploration of being big in a world that prizes small is a tender portrayal of how you can stand out and feel invisible at the same time.

For everyone, especially for kiddos 4-8 years old.

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News From Our Neighbors:

What's Happening at Other Area Organizations

Don't miss AUTHORS IN THE GARDEN at the Barnstable Historical Society on Thursday, July 27th from 4 to 6 PM. Authors from Seacrow Press will be reading from and discussing their latest work. Contact the Historical Society for more information.

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum is now open for the season, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. You can read all their latest news in their Spring 2023 newsletter.

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